American President, Donald Trump congratulated UFC for restarting the sports world after a nearly two-month hiatus.
Trump’s taped message was played during ESPN’s broadcast of the UFC 249 undercard from a fan-free arena in Jacksonville.
“I want to congratulate (UFC President) Dana White and the UFC,” Trump said. “They’re going to have a big match. We love it. We think it’s important. Get the sports leagues back. Let’s play. Do the social distancing and whatever else you have to do. We need sports. We want our sports back. Congratulations to Dana White and UFC.”
UFC 249 served as the first major sporting event to take place since the global pandemic shut down much of the country nearly eight weeks ago.
The fight night 249 was originally scheduled for April 18 in New York, but was postponed in hopes of helping slow the spread of COVID-19.
Meanwhile, Judges and broadcasters were separated while fighters, trainers, referees, judges, UFC staff and even outside media had to undergo COVID-19 testing to get inside Veterans Memorial Arena.